Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Game ideas for all the Family

As Gamers we all enjoy "Toys" for Christmas, but with so many games out there, I thought I would put together a little guide of some great present ideas for the gaming family, if you follow the links you can find more out about each game including where you can get them.

So Lets Start with a game suitable for your more hard-core gamers, Star Wars fans,  and the whole family.  I play this with Olivia regularly, anyone can learn it, and you can expand on it and upgrade.  Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games.  Its fun, expandable, with plenty of depth but easy to learn.
For a detailed review of the game, and where you can get it take a look here.  You can also get additional ships such as Slave 1 or the Millenium Falcon.  There is plenty of options to get to expand your experience, and it does not take up much space.

next up we have

For The Game of thrones fan in your life, take a look at this its fast and easy to learn and play so you do not need much gaming experience to enjoy it.
For the gamer with younger family members then give Dobble from Asmodee Games a try, its fast and fun, plays with any age, and also works as a fun party game for the adults!
Jungle Speed from Asmodee games gives you a fun family game that packs away and comes out fast, and also works as a great party game that can get a little physical!
The Timeline series provides easy to learn gaming and learning in one place.  Take a look here
 also a Star Wars version here for some classic movie trilogy fun.
For some quick fun try your hand with some Pokemon starter decks  it surprised me with how enjoyable it was, and the level of depth.  for a low buy in you can grab a pair of theme decks and play happily with them.
Who doesn't want to push giant painted Dragons and hordes of troops around the table top? another game suitable for all ages and plenty of fun, take a look at the Dungeons & Dragons Mega bundle it will keep you busy for ages and provide hours and hours of
expandable entertainment
Smart Egg Puzzle eggs make the perfect stocking filler, not only looking good but also providing a mental challenge
For the Adventure Time fan, be it child or Adult, there are some great gaming options, you can try Adventure Time Fluxx here which is easy to play and fast but full of character
 or for more of a multi player dungeon crawl experience take a dive into Adventure Time munchkin fun for all, where you can mess with your fellow explorers or get them to help you, but at a cost.  Full of great references from the show and Adventure Time fan will love these games
The Grizzled provides a cooperative game experience that is both challenging and moving, with great art this game about friendship in WW1 is beautifully presented and a great experience.
Ticket To Ride Europe is an excellent game everyone can enjoy, it is simple in idea, but elegant in execution allowing for depth of play as you claim Rail Routes across Europe.  Do you play the long game? or get stuck in claiming as many short routes as possible? you decide.
looking for a nostalgic trip down gaming memory lane?  Asmodee have updated a classic here with Hotel Tycoon  Great looking components, and more options makes this a great family game to curl up with over the holiday period and enjoy whilst you battle to bankrupt your friends and family.
To find a surprisingly tactical game involving Penguins and fish, then check out this great little game from Fantasy flight Games.  Hey That's My Fish is a great game, so easy to learn and play, and with enough depth to keep 2-4 players busy for plenty of time.  The game plays fast so never out stays it welcome.  The perfect game to play after a full Christmas dinner.
If your family have little to no experience of games, then try Disney Pictopia.  A great game of Disney Trivia, with a teamwork element.  Its something everyone can enjoy.
Lastly we look at Dice Masters, perfect for the Superhero fan, collectable card gamer, or anyone else really.  this award winning game about battling dice can keep you occupied for ages, with almost endless customisability in the form of booster packs that add a random element.  You can pick from an assortment of starter sets including DC Comics War or light, Dungeons & Dragons and The Amazing Spiderman, along with Justice League, X-men and others.
The boosters can add extra stocking fillers to keep this game alive ad rolling.

I hope you liked this quick tour through some suggestions, there are plenty of other games out there, but these are some great starting points to get your collection going, introduce others to gaming, or as presents for the gamer in your life.  Take a look around the blog for plenty more ideas.